Gorebridge care home is back on the right track

The under-fire Newbyres Care Village has received an improved report from the Care Inspectorate
The under-fire Newbyres Care Village has received an improved report from the Care Inspectorate

Both sides of the political divide have welcomed improvements at the Gorebridge care home which received a damning report late last year.

Newbyres Care Village’s latest inspection, carried out by the Care Inspectorate in March, resulted in three “adequate” grades and one “good’ grade. This is a big improvement from last year’s critical report which labelled all four categories “weak”.

The report concluded that “the service provides a comfortable, and clean environment wih ample shared and private areas for residents to use”. It adds that residents seemed comfortable in their environment and spoke positively about the care and support they received. Comfort, cleanliness and the quality of meals were also praised.

However, the inspectors made it clear that more improvements could be made.

Their report added: “Further work is needed to fully implement all of the aspects of the requirements we made at the last inspection. This includes care planning and record keeping, management of medicines, safety of the environment and audits undertaken in the service.”

Catherine Johnstone, Midlothian SNP Group Leader, was full of praise for the staff at Newbyres.

She said:“I welcome the latest report from the Care Inspectorate, which highlights the efforts of council, NHS and care home staff who all work incredibly hard for the wellbeing and benefit of its residents and their families.

“I am pleased to see positive trends of improvements emerging that can continue to be developed and I commend the staff team for its efforts”.

Labour councillor Jim Muirhead, who sits on the Newbyres sub-committee set up in the wake of the damming report, said: “It’s good to see that we are moving forward with it and we have now got three adequates and a good. There are obviously still outstanding issues that need to be addressed though.

“What we are looking for is a continuous improvement. It has been ups and downs all over the place, so we now need some consistency.”